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The all-electric Porsche Taycan Turbo is finally here

05/09/2019
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After first teasing the prospect of an all-electric supercar back in 2015, Porsche has this week delivered on its promise with the launch of its epic 800-volt, four-door, 617hp Taycan Turbo S.

Bearing a striking resemblance to Porsche’s Mission E concept which saw the light of day in early 2018, the Taycan Turbo S sees Porsche make a full-on entry into the world of electric vehicles in spectacular fashion.
The all-electric Porsche Taycan Turbo is finally here
(Image via Porsche).

Now before we continue, we’ve got to clear up what Porsche means by ‘Turbo’ in relation to the Taycan (pronounced tie-can). Despite the name the Taycan Turbo S doesn’t actually feature a forced induction system. Instead, Porsche has simply attached the Turbo moniker as a way of saying their new EV is fast. Really fast. The Taycan Turbo S has 617hp on tap, but when you really need to put your foot down you can ‘overboost’ up to 751hp. And, with 774 lb-ft of torque available to your accelerator pedal, you’ll be shredding tyres when you try out the 0-100km time of 2.8 seconds.

For those of you who can’t ever see yourself making use of 751 hp on public roads, Porsche has also released a slightly less scary Porsche Taycan Turbo (note the missing ‘S’). It’s still no slow-coach though- the non-S variant can overboost to 670 hp, with a 0-100km time of 3.2 seconds.

So far, so impressive. But it’s the Taycan’s innovative system voltage that will really pique the interest of the technically minded amongst you.
The Porsche Taycan is the first production vehicle with a system voltage of 800 volts.
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A unique 800-volt architecture


The Taycan is the first production vehicle with a system voltage of 800 volts instead of the usual 400 volts for electric cars. This is a particular advantage for Taycan drivers on the road: in just over five minutes, the battery can be recharged using direct current (DC) from the high-power charging network for a range of up to 100 kilometres (according to WLTP). The charging time for five to 80 percent SoC (state of charge) is 22.5 minutes for charging under ideal conditions, and the maximum charging power (peak) is 270 kW. In addition, Taycan drivers will be able to comfortably charge their cars with up to eleven kW of alternating current (AC) at home.

By utilising an 800 volt system, Porsche will enable drivers to use the Taycan in sustained high-load situations such as back-to-back full-throttle acceleration/deceleration cycles.

The voltage system is not the only technically special part of this car. The all-wheel drive control with two electric motors and the recuperation system are unique. At up to 265 kW, the potential recuperation power of the Taycan is significantly higher than that of competitors. Early driving tests have shown that approximately 90 percent of everyday braking is performed by the electric recuperation system alone – without the hydraulic wheel brakes being activated. In fact, Porsche seem to think the brakes will get so little use that they’ve coated the Taycan’s brake discs with a special anti-corrosion formula!
The interior of the Porsche Taycan is a significant departure from any other car interior we've seen to date.
(Image via Porsche).

A future-focused interior


Buttons? What buttons?!? The interior of the Porsche Taycan is a significant departure from any other car interior we’ve seen to date. Control buttons have been jettisoned and in their place are a suite of beautiful touch screen systems operating everything from infotainment to the car’s centrally networked chassis system. And if tapping a touchscreen display is too much hassle, you can use the Taycan’s integrated voice control function which can be summoned with a quick “Hey Porsche”.

Porsche has also taken the ‘leather-free’ route which is starting to become de-rigueur amongst premium automotive manufacturers. In place of leather the car’s interior is made from innovative recycled materials.
The Porsche Taycan boasts an array of technical and design innovations

A low-energy centric exterior design


The Taycan is unmistakably a Porsche. A very futuristic, sci-fi looking one- but a Porsche nonetheless.

The silhouette is shaped by the sporty roofline sloping downward to the rear. The highly sculpted side sections are also characteristic. The sleek cabin, the drawn-in rear C-pillar and the pronounced shoulders of the wings result in a sharply emphasised rear, typical of the Porsche brand. 

What’s perhaps most notable about the exterior design of the Taycan is the attention that’s been paid to its aerodynamic properties and thus its energy efficiency. To keep drag to a minimum even the traditional badges have been reconsidered, now being made out of glass and incorporated into the body itself. The result is that the aerodynamically optimised body shape achieves a Cd value from 0.22, making a significant contribution to low energy consumption and longer range. 

With the world premiere this week putting the Porsche Taycan firmly in the spotlight of the car buying public we’re confident Porsche will quickly develop a healthy order book for their first foray into electric vehicles. Both variants of the Taycan are now available to order with the Turbo priced at $150,900 and the Turbo S priced from $185,000.
The Porsche Taycan has futuristic design features yet retains the brand's distinctive visual DNA
(Image via Porsche).

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Recent Comments
I am still waiting for a few QUALIFIED Electrical Engineers to tell me that sitting continuously just a few feet away from 800 V motors electromagnetic field is OK for the FAMILY DIAMONDS... I am well informed, and my own wife is a Doctor (MD). We will never ride in an EV, or use cell-phones more than few minutes next to our ears.
ANDRE GURSES, 11 September 2019
Hello can you recommended me to HSE engineer thanks
Rustam Baizhanov, 12 September 2019
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